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New Book: Storrs, “Spanish Resurgence”

Christopher Storrs, The Spanish Resurgence, 1713-1748 (Yale, 2016).


New Book: Mangan, “Tranatlantic Obligations”

Jane E. Mangan, Transatlantic Obligations: Creating the Bonds of Family in Conquest-Era Peru and Spain (OUP, 2015).

New Book: Finucane, “Temptations of Trade”

Adrian Finucane, The Temptations of Trade: Britain, Spain, and the Struggle for Empire (Penn, 2016).

New Book: Mundy, “Death of Tenochtitlan, Life of Mexico City”

Barbara E. Mundy, The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan: The Life of Mexico City (University of Texas Press, 2015).

Book Chapters in “Space & Conversion in the Global Perspective”

Wieste de Boer, Aliocha Maldavsky, and Ilaria Pavan, eds, Space and Conversion in the Global Perspective (Brill, 2015).

Mercedes García-Arenal, “Granada as a New Jerusalem: The Conversion of a City.”

Gabriela Ramos, “The Incas of Cuzco and the Transformation of Sacred Space under Spanish Colonial Rule.”

Susana Bastos Mateus, “The Citadel of the Lost Souls: Spaces of Orthodoxy and Penance in Sixteenth-Century Lisbon.”

Guillermo Wilde, “The Political Dimension of Space-Time Categories in the Jesuit Missions of Paraguay (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries).”

Giuseppe Marcocci, “Saltwater Conversion: Trans-Oceanic Sailing and Religious Transformation in the Iberian World.”

Aliocha Maldavsky, “Giving for the Mission: The encomenderos and Christian Space in the Late Sixteenth-Century Andes.”

New Book: Voices from Vilcabamba

Brian S. Bauer, Madeleine Halac-Higashimori, and Gabriel E. Cantarutti, eds, Voices from Vilcabamba: Accounts Chronicling the Fall of the Inca Empire (University of Colorado Press, 2016).

CFP: “New Christians & Religious Reform,” University of Alcalá June 14-16 2017



Papers and panels are invited for the Sixth International CONVERSO and MORISCO Studies Conference, organized by Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, in collaboration with the University of Alcalá at Alcalá de Henares.

The Conference, timed to coincide with the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, will examine New Christians as religious reformers, non-conformists, dissidents and irenists in late medieval and early modern Spain and beyond. What are New Christian reform voices? How does the converso/limpieza issue affect religious reform in Spain and Portugal? How important was the converso issue to irenist discourse in Counter-Reformation Spain? These are some of the questions our conference will address.

The conference will be held at the Colegio Mayor of the University of Alcalá from Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 June 2017. To ensure we have sufficient time for discussion, we are limiting panels to three panellists and the conference to thirty participants.

A selection of the conference papers will be published in the fourth volume of our series examining Converso and Morisco themes: The Conversos and Moriscos in Late Medieval Spain and Beyond, published by Brill Academic Press.

Send 500-word abstracts in English or Spanish to:

Deadline for abstracts: Friday 6 January, 2017.


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AHA Prize Winners 2016

Congratulations to the following prize-winners, who will be honored at the American Historical Association conference in Denver in January 2017:

Ann Twinam, whose Purchasing Whiteness: Pardos, Mulattos, and the Quest for Social Mobility in the Spanish Indies (Stanford Univ. Press, 2015) won the Albert J. Beveridge Award on the history of the United States, Latin America, or Canada, from 1492 to the present.

Antonio García de León, whose Tierra Adentro, Mar en Fuera: El Puerto de Veracruz y su Litoral a Sotavento, 1519–1821 (Fondo de Cultura Economica USA, 2011) won the Clarence H. Haring Prize for a Latin American who has published the most outstanding book in Latin American history during the preceding five years.

Tamar Herzog, whose Frontiers of Possession: Spain and Portugal in Europe and the Americas (Harvard Univ. Press, 2015) won the James A. Rawley Prize for the integration of Atlantic worlds before the 20th century.

And Núria Silleras-Fernández, whose Chariots of Ladies: Francesc Eiximenis and the Court Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia (Cornell Univ. Press, 2015) won the Premio del Rey in the field of early Spanish history.


Zhiri, “Mapping the Frontier between Islam & Christiandom” & Reviews in the Fall ’16 RQ

Renaissance Quarterly 69/3 (2016):

Oumelbanine Zhiri, “Mapping the Frontier between Islam and Christendom in a Diplomatic Age: al-Ghassânî in Spain.”

Yuen-Gen Lang reviews Thomas Devaney, Enemies in the Plaza: Urban Spectacle and the End of Spanish Frontier Culture (Penn, 2015).

François Soyer reviews Darlene Abreu-Ferreira, Women, Crime, and Forgiveness in Early Modern Portugal (Ashgate, 2015).

Martin Biersack reviews Massimo Firpo, Juan de Valdés and the Italian Reformation (Ashgate, 2015).

New Book: “Nudes from the Prado”

Thomas J. Loughman, Kathleen M. Morris, and Lara Yeager-Crasselt, eds, Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado (Yale, 2016).